The Silk Tree Dyeing Session

Persian Silk Tree

The Silk Tree fluffs

This is a Silk Tree  (Albizia julibrissinthat I planted about 7 years ago. In our area we have very hot and dry summers (it has got even hotter for a few last years). The winters  are known to be mild and snowless, though in February the temp often drops below -15C / 5F and easily can stay at -23C /below 0F for a couple of weeks. Just enough to freeze some certain types of vegetation to death! That was (and still is) my concern as for the garden. Until this year we used to cover this tree for the winter, whereas last Fall I decided to give it a try and leave it unprotected for the winter, especially when it was over 3 meters tall. It seemed to have lived through the winter alright but  this summer’s unbearable heat and drought have definitely depressed my Silk Tree… Nevertheless, my tree stands tall in my garden all covered with gentle pink fluffs giving of the delightful fragrance all over the area!

Of course I had to try the fluffs for dyeing properties!

The Silk Tree Fluffs Bundle

The Bundle

I rolled the bundle over a copper pipe, cotton fabric, silk tree fresh fluffs, and simmered in aluminium pot for about 2 hours, let it sit for about 10 days.

Sorry, you all patient people, who can afford 3 weeks and more for curing! I just wanna catch the most of the opportunities this season provides for My Raw List of the Local Dyeing Chances to further develop and elaborate it with the flow of  the time.

That’s when my Rolls will be left  for years unbundled!

The Silk Tree Fluffs in the Cotton Cloth

The Silk Tree Fluffs in the Cotton Cloth

The Silk Tree Fluffs in the Cotton Cloth

The Silk Tree Fluffs in the Cotton Cloth

I was really surprised to get such a bright color! Though these are the images of the just unrolled fabric which is still wet.

The Silk Tree Fluffs in the Cotton Cloth

The Silk Tree Fluffs in the Cotton Cloth

My poor Fluffs! Look what happened to you!! 

The Silk Tree Fluffs Dyed Cotton Cloth

The Silk Tree Fluffs Dyed Cotton Cloth. The Still Wet Version.

And now the Fabric, just unbundled and still wet,

The Silk Tree Fluffs Dyed Cotton Cloth

The Silk Tree Fluffs Dyed Cotton Cloth. The Dry Cloth Version.

and after a few days, heat pressed and dry.

Well, I have no idea if this is any valuable information for the Natural Dyers. And what is more important I do not intend to make any scientific discoveries here! And I don’t think there is any good chances for that, as the Natural Dyeing existed long before all of us. Hence, most of the innovations talking in this field may sound similar to

“I invented the Bicycle!” sort of things…

But in this  Fascinating Field of the Natural Resources for Dyeing there are so many rewarding opportunities for the artistic application, not to mention the joy of communicating with the Nature!

And These I am determined to explore and describe! 

Hope you all are enjoying the change of seasons! xoxo

 

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Мое шелковое дерево –

я посадила около 7 лет назад. Наш климат примечателен очень жаркими летними температурами, еще более жаркими  в последние годы, и относительно мягкими и бесснежными зимами. Однако, зачастую пару недель в феврале может держаться очень низкая, до -23С температура, чего достаточно, чтобы заморозить насмерть нестойкие виды растений.

До недавнего времени мы прикрывали наше дерево на зиму, покуда оно не разрослось до 3-х м ввысь! Стоит мое дерево, все в цвету, источая аромат, меня радует! А где-то ленкоранская акация считается инвазивным видом!

Безусловно, я не могу не испытать цвет моей акации в части натурального крашения.

Беру: медную трубку, хлопчатобумажную ткань, розовые пушки*;

Варю/ тушу в алюминиевой посуде около 2-х ч и оставляю на 10 дней не открывая. Известное дело, есть очень терпеливые экспериментаторы, могущие ожидать до 3-х и более недель!

Я же боюсь не успеть сделать все намеченное на сезон.

См. Выше фото с результатами.

Честно говоря, яркость окраски меня потрясла! При том, что это хлопок и протравы никакие я не применяла. На фото –только что открытая ткань, все еще влажная. На последнем фото – ткань через несколько дней, проглаженная и сухая.

Однако, что стало с пушками!

Я разумеется, сомневаюсь, насколько эта моя информация может представлять интерес для опытных в натуральном крашении красильщиков! И уж тем более, не тянет она и на научное открытие. Сомневаюсь вообще в возможности таковых в области древнего ремесла натурального крашения, где всякое новаторство сродни изобретению велосипеда…

В данном случае я не преследую иных целей, кроме как описательно-повествовательных о Cвоем, ошибочно-пробном, в Натуральном Крашении, которое предоставляет столько возможностей для художественного приложения!

Надеюсь, всем по душе смена сезонов!

Рада комментариям!

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12 responses to “The Silk Tree Dyeing Session

  • Yvette Cals

    I like the way you started this blog….I enjoy it and how people react.
    Thanks for sharing !

  • Ginny Huber

    Here in Seattle we also have these.. I like seeing your postings..am about to do more of them on my blog, thanks to you and the other eco-folks..I like what James said about “it’s all new everyday”..for us at all levels and all parts of the world. Nice to see/hear that you in Ukraine and ames oin Florida had the same results! I’m going to aim for the green from the leaves!!

  • Judy Carpenter

    Hi,
    It’s me again. I just looked up your tree, and we have it growing wild here in the southeastern US. We call it the Mimosa.
    xo

  • Judy Carpenter

    Hello Elena,
    Like you, I am just having a great time experimenting, and also noticing so much more of the wonderful world around me! Sometimes we have exciting results from our efforts, while other times the unfurled bundles are pretty boring….but it’s all part of the journey!
    Your photographs are wonderful!

    xo

  • James Dennison

    Also, you have created more “new” information than you realize,. All of use who have been dyeing naturally for awhile forget that everyday more and more s new to the concept of Natural and slow dyeing come on board our ship. They have never heard any of this before, therefore it is all “new” to them. They are thirsting for information. This is evidenced by the “What leaves did you use” or “What fabric is that” or How did you do that” questions that you see everyday on our pages. It is not that you invented the bicycle or were the first do anything. It is ALL new everyday. Keep up the good work, you are a great teacher.

  • James Dennison

    Wonderful post, Elena. Here in Florida this tree is still called Mimosa, and is an invasive species. One that I gladly use for my dye experiments, It is good to see that you and I get the same results from different parts of the world. I also use the leaves to create a green dye. I do not know if you have enough leaves available to you to do this. It takes about 8 qts of leaves and their stems simmered covered for an hour with a couple of pinches of alum to give me a green dye extract. I am going to add copper scrap to see if I can enhance the green then play around to see how many greens I can get.

    • theimportanceofprocrastination

      Sometimes you hear people call it Mimosa here, too. But since we have another plant commonly called Mimosa here, I don’t use this name for the tree to avoid confusion.
      Yes, it is invasive, I can tell by how many little sprouts are there around the garden. But the thing is that during the winter they all be frozen away. So, this year we planted some sprouts into the pots to further take indoors for the winter. So to have more of these in the garden. Not the worst plant to have around, I’d say!
      Maybe after a couple of seasons I will have enough material to try for the greens. For now mine is the only one tree in the area for so many sq kilometers!

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